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Sunshine and the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Sunshine, so prepare yourself for projects that are filled with sunny images of joy in the great outdoors. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

A few years ago I decided I wanted to work on my scene building skills in card making.  Grace’s Garden and the coordinating dies are perfect for a Summer Scene and were the perfect opportunity for me to work on my skills!

That sweet little kitty just completely draws me in!  I also love the sweetness of the flowers and he they are drawn.  The garden gate in the dies is absolutely beautiful!! The dies even come with flowers and vines to decorate the garden gate. I made three different scenes for you today!  Recently I have been using my Stampin’ Write markers. I felt like that I had been neglecting them ever since the Stampin’ Blends came out.

  • Little images like the ones in this set are perfect for coloring with the Stampin’ write markers
  • The sky and grass are Balmy Blue and Garden Green.  I accidentally used a little green in the sky.  This made the sky have a slight turquoise tent
  • The card has a Pineapple Punch layer to allude to a Sunny Summer Day.

The next card used a lot of the same elements as the above card.  Simple ink blending with a few elements put together to create the idea of a Summer Day

  • When ink blending it is important to start lightly then slowly building the color up!
  • You can see the difference between this card and the one above. This card has light very soft color.  The above card used the exact same colors but the color is built up more to add deeper color
  • You can also see the difference in Balmy Blue with a little green and without

The next card shows all the same elements but on a watercolor background with a slimline card profile

  • This card is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches.  To create this size card. You want to cut at 8 1/2 on one side and at 7 inches on the other side.  Then score at 3 1/3 in the 7 inches side.
  • In creating these cards I stamped a bunch of images. Then I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the adorable images.  Finally die cutting them.
  • The next step was to create a few backgrounds. Was to create a few cards. I knew I wanted at least one slimline card.   So, I started thereby laying out a scene.  I loved it on the site background.  And really thought about keeping it white. But in the end, decided to Watercolor a background.
  • With the “leftovers” I created the two above cards.   After creating them I still had a few images left.

After creating the above cards I realized I had a few colored images left.  And, most importantly I had not used one of the most important elements a sun!  After all this blog hop is supposed to be all about Sunshine.  I decided to create a sunset with watercolor and use the very pretty garden gate!

I glued the card down on a Balmy Blue background. Trying to imitate a blue sky in the background behind the vibrant sunset.  I decided I really don’t like the Balmy Blue in this case.  So, I will cut the blue background off and try something else. I wanted you to see t so I could tell you how I colored the vines and garden gate.

  • First I die cut the images
  • Second,  I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the gate and vines
  • The third step was to spritz each with water. And dab some water up with a cloth/paper towel. Let this dry
  • Then using a stamp block. I inked the block up with the same colors spritz the block with water and smushed it around on the vines.  I did not do this step on the gate.
  • I did use a paintbrush and a little water and ink to clean up a few spots on the gate

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  5. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  6. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  7. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  8. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  9. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  10. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  11. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  12. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  13. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

Happy Creating my friends-


Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Posted by on May 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 1 comment


Today is the Blogging Friends Blog Hop all about items that will be retiring from the Stampin’ Up catalog. There are many things that I will miss including the Pigment Sprinkles, the In Colors that are retired, the designer series paper for the in colors and color families (I adore all the gingham…but new patterns coming soon yippee)

I decided to use a stamp set that I just had to have when it was first available!!! I knew exactly who I wanted to make a card for using it! My cousin Alex who is a huge animal lover and horse friend.  I don’t see a horse without thinking of Alex.  Anyway, I have actually never gotten around to making her a card with this set.  I know. Complete shame on my part.  So, today was the perfect excuse to make Alex not one but two cards.

Let it Ride is so beautifully sketched to me. It is perfect for coloring. Either with Stampin’ Blends or with Watercolor ink/pencils.  Today I decided to use Stampin’ Blends cause I have not used them in a bit

  • I stamped everything in Soft Suede It is always a 50/50chance that the ink will smear when you start coloring with alcohol markers.  So test the color first. You might get lucky and it is just fine.
  • I really don’t want completely brown trees so I used a green blend to trace over the trees and grass.  Witch sort of helped

  • This time everything is stamped in alcohol inks friendly Black ink. Witch means that the ink will not bleed
  • This house was a complete experiment. I wanted to try and make spots.  So, I used several different blends then went back with each color and tried to blend the color. I’m not sure I would do it this way again. But, it is what it is
  • I’m so going to miss Blueberry Bushel! It is one of my favorites!

I hope you have enjoyed the blog hop so far! Please continue the hop through the links below. 

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Happy stamping!